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By on 20 Jan, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Reflections on 2015 and predictions for 2016

Digital politics are quite predictable. We know this from experience: six years of making annual predictions of policy developments in the digital field. With the exception of the Snowden revelations in 2013, most other digital policy developments were easy to predict as part of longer policy trends.

By on 04 Nov, 2015 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

On Monday, 2nd November, I addressed the conference ‘The CERN Model, United Nations and Global Public Goods’. The underlying theme of the conference was the interplay between science (CERN) and diplomacy (UN) in the globally unique setting of International Geneva.

By on 22 Oct, 2015 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Radiocommunication Diplomacy - Historical Context


By on 12 Oct, 2015 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The Zero Draft the ‘WSIS +10’ document was published on 9 October 2015. Apart from expected provisions (e.g. IGF extension, multistakeholder participation, protection of human rights),  the Zero Draft introduces some new elements, as well as emphasising formulations already used in the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS) process. These include the following:


By on 17 Apr, 2015 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

This week, the Global Cyberspace Conference takes place in The Hague. In March, UNESCO hosted a conference on CONNECTing the Dots in Digital Space. The NETmundial Initiative had a meeting in Stanford recently. In early May, the Freedom Online Conference will take place in Ulan Bator (for dates and a list of events see the 2015 timeline).

By on 04 Apr, 2015 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Two doors inspired my interventions at a panel on the Digital Magna Carta organised by the New America NYC and the Swiss Consulate in New York: the fascinating bronze entrance door to the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the cockpit door, which remained closed during the tragic Germanwings flight. How can these two doors help us to move closer to a digital social contract (often referred as the Digital Magna Carta)?

By on 20 Feb, 2015 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The current trust deficit and ways to overcome it are the focus of a recent blog by Michael Moller, acting director of the UN Office in Geneva. It inspired this reflection on trust in an online world.

The relevance of trust online

By on 08 Jan, 2015 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways

Chappatte’s cartoons – as always – say a lot. The attack on Charlie Hebdo was more than ‘just’ another terrorist attack; it was an attack on humour, one of the most sophisticated ways we have of communicating as humans. Humour is not appreciated by dogmatic thinking, be it ideological or radically religious. Humor questions dogma. It exposes paradoxes. Like a scanner, it removes the ideological trappings and goes to the core of the issue. 

By on 27 Aug, 2014 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

‘It is about digital, stupid’ is the main message from Jean-Claude Junker, the new president of the European Commission. In the Policy Guidelines for the EC delivered at the European Parliament (15 July 2014), Junker outlined the EU’s digital policy focusing mainly on digital data, the oil of the modern economy.


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